Vinyl: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Vinyl

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Vinyl doesn't always keep the beat, dramatically speaking, but overall, it capably honors the rock pioneers of the '70s with absorbing stories, a spot-on soundtrack, and rich period detail.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2016

Richie Finestra considers selling his struggling record company; Richie takes a detour to an unplanned reunion with Lester Grimes; Richie orders his A&R department to find new acts; Richie jeopardizes his relationships with his wife and children.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2016

Richie delivers a bombshell that shocks prospective buyers and his partners; Devon ponders her relationship; Zak considers changing his alibi for a recent injury; Richie decides to visit his estranged mentor.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2016

Richie is embarrassed at a record producers' banquet; a junior A&R rep courts Alice Cooper; Devon tries to raise funds to renovate a Greenwich barn; Richie approaches Lester about releasing some of his old blues demos.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2016

Richie attends marriage counseling with Devon; Richie courts a funk superstar; Zak and Scott consider their futures in the aftermath of the lost deal with German Polygram; Kip and the Nasty Bits enlist a new manager.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2016

Richie visits a relative; Devon plays the vixen at dinner with Richie, Hannibal and Cece; Kip faces a dilemma; Clark gets a new job; Richie is inspired to name his new label.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2016

Devon seeks refuge with old friends at the Chelsea Hotel; Richie falls into a deeper well of drugs and depravity; Kip tries to recruit a new lead guitarist for the Nasty Bits; Zak allows his emotions to surface.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2016

Richie looks to raise cash for his label; Richie and Zak travel to Las Vegas in hopes of persuading Elvis Presley to change labels; Zak has an encounter in which his fantasies come true.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2016

Richie grows desperate and approaches Maury about doing a deal with Galasso; Devon impresses a photographer with her ability to charm a celebrity; Kip and the Nasty Bits get a crash course in the blues from Lester; Andrea fires a longtime employee.

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Air date: Apr 10, 2016

After an unsettling visit with Devon and his children, Richie begins to weigh his options; the Nasty Bits finish their record and do a photo shoot; Maury pitches a '50s compilation LP; Zak tries to fund a band for his wedding singer.

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Air date: Apr 17, 2016

Zak constructs a dangerous plan to bring down Richie; Kip's excesses threaten an important Nasty Bits gig.

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Cast & Crew

Bobby Cannavale
Richie Finestra

Actor
Olivia Wilde
Devon Finestra

Actor
Ray Romano
Zak Yankovich

Actor
Ato Essandoh
Lester Grimes

Actor
Max Casella
Julius "Julie" Silver

Actor
P.J. Byrne
Scott Levitt

Actor
J.C. MacKenzie
Skip Fontaine

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Juno Temple
Jamie Vine

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Jack Quaid
Clark Morelle

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James Jagger
Kip Stevens

Actor
Paul Ben-Victor
Maury Gold

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Martin Scorsese
Executive Producer
Mick Jagger
Executive Producer
Rick Yorn
Executive Producer
Victoria Pearman
Executive Producer
Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Executive Producer
John Melfi
Executive Producer
Allen Coulter
Executive Producer
George Mastras
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Audience Reviews for Vinyl: Season 1

  • Oct 07, 2021
    These are amazing series if you love the atmosphere and style of the 70s. Great complicated characters, intriguing plot and, again - splendid atmosphere. Relationships between characters are elaborate and pleasant to watch. And all that things are happening in the context of music industry and main character's personal crisis. Soundtracks are picked carefully and give a lot to many moments. Performance is great. Must watch!
  • Apr 02, 2021
    This was just disappointed
  • Sep 29, 2020
    I don't know what series all these Scorsese and Mick Jagger fan-boys were watching, but I turned it off after the first ½ hour of the pilot. Not knowing anything about this show, simply watched to be entertained or learn something. I was neither. I was bored to tears. In fact, the only reason I stuck with it so long was to see what they would do with Olivia Wilde. What did they do with her? A record executive's wife who takes care of two kids. No thank you. For those of you who didn't know that the music business in the 70's was full of illegal drugs, bribes & kickbacks and sleazy underhanded people, then you might find this interesting. But for the rest of the world, I'm left scratching my head, wondering what ever happened to telling a story? Everything was cliches. The most intriguing shot in the entire ½ hour was a close-up of a Zippo lighter igniting. Yeah, that's how lame this pilot was. So where did all the money go? $100 million for a season? It definitely didn't go to the screenwriters. My guess is it went to the all the sleazy record executives who own all the rights to all the original music that they used. Talk about irony.
  • Mar 25, 2019
    This is an incredible show that was poorly marketed. It is a drama set in one of the side businesses of organized crime. This is Goodfellas in Trumplandia. It should never have been left behind.
  • Jan 20, 2019
    I loved the first season. Too bad they cancelled the 2nd one
  • Jun 16, 2018
    Brilliant in every way. THE ENTIRE CAST IS OFF THE CHARTS. BOBBY CANNAVALE PUT HIS HEART AND SOUL AND CONSIDERABLE TALENT INTO THIS ROLE. EVERYONE DID. IT’S FULL IMMERSION IN THE NEVER TO BE REPEATED NYC OF THE '70S, AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE RECORD INDUSTRY. LIFE LIVED FULL OUT, PROFANE AND SACRED, ALL BUILT AROUND ART AND MUSIC (OKAY, AND MONEY). LUSCIOUS, IMAGINATIVE CINEMATOGRAPHY, GREAT STORY AND SCRIPT, STRONG SMART WOMEN. NOTHING IS HALFWAY. TOTALLY ENGAGING, TAKES YOU PLACES, A TREASURE. STAY WITH IT AND YOU’LL SEE. CAN'T BELIEVED IT WASN'T PICKED UP FOR MORE SEASONS, BUT THIS SEASON STANDS ALONE AS A COMPLETE PRODUCTION. IN VINYL WORLD (UNLIKE WALL STREET) ALL THE CRAZINESS, AS HIDEOUS AS IT MAY BE AT TIMES, ADDS UP TO THOSE POTENT, MAKE-LIFE-WORTH-LIVING MOMENTS OF MUSIC IN OUR LIVES. I HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING THIS FULL OF VITALITY IN A LONG, LONG TIME.
  • Oct 08, 2017
    Created by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, Vinyl is an HBO period drama about the music industry of the 1970s. Season 1 follows record company executive Richie Finestra who backs out of a sale at the last minute and decides to retool and launch a new label dedicated to new and edgy bands. Starring Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Olivia Wilde, and Juno Temple, the show has an incredible cast. It also features a pretty good soundtrack. And as one would expect, there’s a lot of interesting commentary about the music industry, and a number of real-life musicians are worked into the plot; including Elvis Presley, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, and John Lennon. However, the episodes can be a little hard to follow, with all the different character subplots. And the sex, curse language, and flagrant drug use are extremely gratuitous and end up making a lot of the characters dislikable. Unfortunately, in spite of the tremendously creative talent on and off the screen, Vinyl proved to be too much of a mess and was cancelled after one season.
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  • Nov 19, 2016
    I want to love it but it doesn't always grab you. Some good music references throughout
  • Aug 04, 2016
    Vinyl most likely would have been MUCH better off as a movie over a TV series. It was an exciting whirlwind of music and fashion in the 70's that didn't always make the mark but damn near tried to. Bobby Cannavale carries this show with the slick yet addicted Richie Finestra, newcomer James Jagger as the foul mouthed Kip, lead singer of The Nasty Bits, is a star. Juno Temples' Jamie acknowledges the continuous issue of gender equality in the work place, of women trying to get ahead in a strictly boy's club. The way the show ended sufficed as a series finale despite that it was picked up for a second season then cancelled, like Hindsight.
  • Jun 27, 2016
    You just cannot get a Scorsese product that isn't overlong and over-violent. Even the relatively good idea of focusing on the music industry of the early 70s is dragged down by a sub-plot involving gangsters, homicide and gratuitous violence. The plot itself was not that original to start with. Let's say it was very much inspired by Mad Men, with a couple in trouble (think Don and Betty Draper in 70s clothes) and an office environment, with a bunch of characters who could be the 70s version of Joan Holloway (Andrea Zito), Peggy Olson (Jamie Vine) and Pete Cambell (Clark Morelle). Unfortunately, following the record industry on a daily basis does not seem that much more interesting than advertising, despite the brush with rock stars. Having nowhere to go with the main plot, we are served plenty of mini-concerts and meetings with stars such as Lou Reed, the New York Dolls, David Bowie, etc... Since the multitude of musical encounters is not enough to fill the time, we get a nice homicide into the mix, together with use and abuse of cocaine and dumb policemen. Finally, the cast is not good. Cannavale as Richie Finestra is making a lot of noise every time he snorts cocaine, while everybody else can do that in silence. His character is obnoxious, Scorsese-style (egotistic macho-man) His screen wife, Olivia Wilde, is mainly useless except for nude scenes. Suburban housewives don't have much to say, even if they were Warhol's models. The young cast was probably selected thanks to nepotistic criteria, being the children of Dennis Quaid, Mick Jagger and Julien Temple. This does not make them good actors, Mr. Jagger's son being the worst of the bunch. However, the soundtrack is definitely good and that is why I give it a 3.... I am still disappointed, though, because music-wise the 70s were a great time and all we get to chronicle the times is this mess....

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